by Dan Hill

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A Miracle for Life's Storms (10 of 12)
Series: Miracles: Discovering the Power of God
Dan Hill
John 6:16-21

I want to introduce you to an old friend this weekend. I suspect that you have probably known him for a long time, you just never thought of him as a friend.

By the way, do you know what a friend really is? A friend is someone who makes you a better person. They bring out the best in you.

In Proverbs 27:17, the Bible describes a friends as "iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." That means that a true friend will put an edge on your life - they will make you a sharper person.

In fact, sometimes a friend will love you so much, they will hurt you in order to help you! Proverbs 27:6 says this: "The kisses of an enemy may be profuse, but faithful are the wounds of a friend."

I think all of us would really like to have a friend that would help us to live right and righteous. Surely all of us would like a friend who would strengthen us and grow us into greater, more mature people wouldn't we?

I have some good news and some bad news; the good news is that no matter who you are, no matter where you are in your relationship with God, you already have that friend, we are about to meet him in John 6. The bad news is his name is trouble!

Now I know what you are thinking. You're thinking, "What a strange friend!" I need to confess to you that I have LOTS of strange friends. Arlene says that I have a tendency to attract weird people! But I don't have any friends as strange as Trouble. And you need to know that he and I have not always been friends! We have known each other for a very, very long time but we didn't become friends until a very few years ago. Truth of the matter is I never called him a friend. I called him all kinds of names, many of which I cannot repeat in mixed company! But what I discovered was that trouble was the greatest help in helping me to know myself and understand myself. Trouble has been the greatest tool to ...

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